Tuesday, July 24, 2007

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Back from a screening of Transformers, which turned out to be the perfect antidote to what had been a particularly shitty day. On the dumb fun-o-meter, it went clear off the scale, making it the perfect summer movie.

Not a fan of the skanky, animated series which, like Thundercats and all the other bilious garbage of that ilk from the 1980s, was little more than an extended commercial to flog plastic tat to kids, I didn’t have a clue what the hell was going on. Ultimately it didn’t matter.

The story might have made little sense but it all came down to the good Autobots and evil Decepticons tearing up the landscape as they beat the shit out of each other. More surprisingly was the fact that woven around all the ingenious CGI mayhem was an incredibly funny film.

It’s a given that Michael Bay can do high-octane action to the max. While his previous films had their fair share of humour, the human portion of Transformers seemed to be an outright comedy. And the girl was hot.


At 11:18 am, Blogger English Dave said...

My son was raving about it too. And he's no Michael Bay fan.

At 12:44 am, Blogger Good Dog said...

I particularly liked the line from the kid's mother who, upon seeing a government agent rip up a plant in her garden that had traces of Transformer something or other, exclaimed, "Get your hands off my bush!" Genius.

At 10:48 am, Blogger Ian said...

bxSaw this last night and came away slightly disappointed given the rave reviews. Far better than the execrable last two Pirates movies or the three Star Wars prequels, but it was still too long and had its fair share of cringe-inducing moments (particulary Optimus Prime's cliched speech about the good in humans - it desperately needed a punch line to fit in place with the rest of the film).

My main problem was Bay's ridiculously frenetic editing style which means you can't make out anything that's going on. Armageddon was bad but this is far worse. And he seems to be far too obsessed with recreating "Top Gun". I swear to God if I had £1 for every time we got a cliched "silhouette agains an orange sky" clip I'd have enough money to go to the cinema every week for the next few years!

But the CGI work was incredible and consistently good throughout the whole film. ILM must surely be due some oscars for this.

At 1:31 pm, Blogger Good Dog said...

I still think POTC: Dead Man's Chest should be given a break for the line: "Undead monkey, top that!"

Have to say, I wasn't really paying attention to what the robots were saying. Too busy laughing, probably.


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